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Power-encounters (Mark 4 & 5)

Power is a theme central to Mark. Chapter 4 ends with a display of power the like of which the disciples could not even begin to fathom. “He commands the winds and the waves and they obey him!” This first … Continue reading

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Stormbuster (Mark 4)

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a … Continue reading

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The Possibilities of God (Mark 4)

“And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet … Continue reading

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Surprise & Suddenness (Mark 4)

https://youtu.be/w77zPAtVTuI The Parable of the Seed Growing 26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth … Continue reading

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Measuring Grace (Mark 4)

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner “And Jesus said to them, “Is … Continue reading

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“To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4)

Everybody is welcome! Alll may come! The Gospel is the good news of God’s grace to all. The party is on! And your invitation card is just there, on the mantelpiece. But. There is one sense in which there is … Continue reading

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Kingdom talk (Mark 4)

4 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was … Continue reading

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